Posts Tagged ‘Zechariah’

Luke 1:5-7,18-20,26-28,38
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years…Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”…In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”…“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

We have the pleasure of starting the 3rd gospel today and it is amazing how the Lord has spoken to us through the eyes of these faithful servants, so different in style yet all speaking the same thing! Today morning’s passage is a bit lengthy but when you read it, I hope you get the point the Lord is trying to convey to us. There are two upright people being recognized by God and are being blessed by a gift of child which both were not in a position to have. Zechariah and Elizabeth were well along in years while Mary was not yet married. However, what I was struck by was not the announcement of the conception and birth of John and Jesus, rather it was the response of Zechariah and Mary when they received the good news. Both Zechariah and Mary were surprised by the announcement made by the angel Gabriel and they asked how it would be possible but there was a difference in the way they asked which showed their faith.

Zechariah was an aged and well-respected priest and publicly served God for a living. Mary was a young virgin who was engaged to be married to a carpenter. When Zechariah heard the news, he doubted it because he saw through the eyes of the world and wanted confirmation of the news whereas when Mary heard the news, her response was not a doubt but concern for how she would bear such a holy child. I have been receiving prayer requests from many of you and through it, I know each of us are in desperate need, some for employment, some for children who have run away, some for a healing, financial breakthrough, spiritual breakthrough and so on and so forth. As we wait upon the Lord, we need to be aware that the Lord hears our broken hearts and will answer when the time is right. However, we need to prepare ourselves to receive his answer and not react. God wants to help those who want to be helped and not those who are contrite in heart. When I cried out for employment, my pride got in my way and the wait was for me to humble myself. Now I am broken and kneel humbled before the Lord and what he gives, I receive with great joy. I request you to do the same and be a Mary and not a Zechariah in your response.

In His Loving Service,

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